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Good luck on your super Tuesday voting (3rd March 2020)- below are some recommended sources for information. Leave any questions and I will try to answer in the comments.

Democracy now: – Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (and the team of journalists on democracy now) are hallmarks of how powerful journalism can be when done right, one story, one day at a time.

Looking up your representative’s voting record: Before voting for an incumbent or a politician who has served another community you owe it to yourself to look up their voting pattern and record. If you know which politician you want to search for, this is a great place to get their voting record
Votesmart.org (https://justfacts.votesmart.org/). If they have never held office before, this will not be as useful. Once you know what they voted for or against the next step is looking up the details of the specific law/bill. The specific bills often require unpacking (can be misleadingly named), I recommend reading vote smart’s opinion on a law/bill and then forming your own opinion using the federal records.(I suggest looking up state bills on a per state basis, for me as California the state law is at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ ) ( for federal record of bills: type the bills’s name and then look at : smathttps://www.congress.gov) Why a politician did or didn’t vote can really bring their character into view.

NPR: By talking to people, a lot is uncovered. They might not have the pull to push the government to answer tough questions, or an audience who have the attention to listen to hours of fluffed up legislative debates. But they write solid, grounded in fact stories. National public radio has some great truth in content.

The Intercept: Jeremy Scahill and the editors and reporters that work there generally take a deeper angle, concentrated more on single cases. Quality reporting be aware of who is arguing and why they might have that viewpoint.

Watching uncut debates, interviews and speeches: It is best if you have a way to take notes and the ability to pause. I have watched live uncut debate feed from fox Arizona, and heard powerful rhetoric from intelligent speakers- skipping past news commentators additional comments, and listening to the actual people. Even on CNN I have seen great live footage. If you can find unedited footage, you will learn by their words a place to form a baseline, when you’re researching their actions- voting record , income etc. I would not recommend hearing weakly supported arguments by talking heads, but simply watch leaders, or potential leaders debate and give speeches.

The Guardian: Depends on who the reporter is, but if taken with a careful eye some great news can be found.

Talk radio, when they are actual able to bring several luminaries in the field and have the time and manners to really debate and uncover the conflict in their ideals. I don’t want to give you the radio names I have listened to because their sensible content is hard to find in full, a talk show host’s name is not enough to guarantee you’ll find a full and fair debate. I would recommend looking for specific people you are interested, and listening to see if they are given the time to speak, and educated criticism to see how well they can elaborate their ideas.

A youtube channel called Legal Eagle (tens years experience of a practicing U.S. attorney): can be helpful and educational, when he is reading over current documents.

Young Turks have some great reporters, but like mainstream media they can become over involved in discussing their opinion and less focused on reporting. Stick close to the story and analyze their sources without bias and you’ll find good information.

Books. It can be hard to understand the big picture in problems of the moment. Books like Nickel and Dimed (Ehrenreich), Fast Food Nation (Schlosser) , The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Pollan) can give context. Text based on direct history like Guns Germs and Steel (Diamond),The Phoenix Program (Valentine), Night (Wiesel), The Things They Carried (O’Brien), “Shooting an Elephant” (Orwell), compared to books like Roots (Haley), 1984 (Orwell), V for Vedanta (Moore), Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky), Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky) , Catch 22 (Heller) which show emotional truths in fictional instances to allow exploration. In the right Book, these longer dives allow readers to gain access to journalists and professors that aren’t budgeted into mainstream stories.

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